I’m planning to end the 3000 thing challenge next week, but if you are all enjoying it please let me know and I’ll continue!
This week I’m challenging you to delve into your “stash”. Those of you who are crafty in any way will know what I mean by “stash”! Here’s a simple explanation for the ladies who are not crafters: a stash is a collection of supplies (fabric, yarn, scrap booking supplies, paints, etc.) that are saved just in case but are likely never to be used. Often times, a stash slowly begins to take over other areas of the home apart from it’s designated space.
If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my post earlier this weekend about making a dress for the first time. My mother in law recently cleared out her fabric stash and asked me if I wanted it. Never one to say no to free craft supplies, I happily accepted. Admittedly, I’m not much of a seamstress nor do I have the space to store fabric. I already had a banker box full of random pieces that was sitting in my closet so I knew it was time to declutter before adding more fabric to the mix.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I had fabric saved from high school! Yeah, it’s been sitting in various places at my house (and previously my mom’s) for 10 years!! Clearly, if I haven’t used it by now it’s time to get rid of it.
What’s in your stash? If you have supplies like wool or material that is in good shape (not musty, for example) I suggest donating it to a thrift store or checking with your church to see if they want it. Another fun idea to get rid of some clutter is to see if a family member or friend would like to learn how to create using your supplies. For example, your sister or BFF might be interested in taking up knitting so you can pass along some of your wool. If you have a lot of fabric, maybe you can teach the girls at your church youth group to sew basic items.
Another idea for decluttering is simply to use up your stash! If you have a lot of scrap booking supplies, consider making greeting cards to sell or give away (you could bless the seniors of you community with a lovely, handmade card!). Animal shelters are always looking for donations of bedding materials, so why not knit, crochet, or sew up some blankies for animals in need?
I decluttered my stash on the weekend and it felt so good to be rid of the extra stuff! What will you be sorting through this week?